Top Horses and Riders from Long Island Kick Off the 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show

Top Horses and Riders from Long Island Kick Off the 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show

The Hampton Classic Horse Show opened Sunday for its exciting 46th edition, featuring the top horses and riders of the Long Island equestrian community during its Opening Day festivities.

The Hampton Classic, August 28-September 4, is one of the world’s most prestigious horse shows, offering more than $1 million in prize money during a full schedule featuring competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities.

“Local Day” at the Classic is traditionally reserved for the Long Island equestrian community, with classes open exclusively to horses stabled in Nassau or Suffolk County for at least 75 days since January of the calendar year. Many of the show’s wonderfully decorated rings focused on local hunter and equitation riders leading up to Sunday afternoon’s featured classes, the $30,000 Hampton Classic 1.40m Jumper Challenge and the $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby.

Claiming the day’s top prize in the Grand Local Hunter Championship was Laura Bowery of Bridgehampton, NY, riding Denise Landman’s 11-year-old Westphalian gelding Capote. The pair swept Section A of the Local Working Hunter Professional division, collecting the most points of every Local Hunter section and taking home the South Fork Perpetual Trophy. They also received the Eddie Horowitz Memorial Trophy for earning the overall Local Working Hunter Professional Championship.

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